Posted: Jul 8, 2014 6:29 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2014 6:31 PM
WESLACO - A testy exchange of letters happened Tuesday between Gov. Rick Perry and President Obama over the surge of illegal immigration in South Texas.
The president visited Austin for a political fund-raising event. He agreed to meet with Perry in Dallas to discuss the immigration crisis. Perry wants him to visit the Rio Grande Valley to witness the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region.
The first volley came from Perry, who said he'd already asked the president several times to tour the border.
In his letter, Perry told the president that a "quick handshake" on an airport tarmac wasn't going to count as a "thoughtful discussion" on the issue.
The White House fired back a response pointing out that the head of the Department of Homeland Security traveled to the border five times during the past several weeks. A sixth visit is planned for Friday.
Also on deck is a representative from the attorney general's office, who will visit McAllen Wednesday to discuss how to combat human smuggling organizations that are exploiting the situation.
The White House also pointed out the billions of dollars the president will ask for Wednesday in an emergency funding request.